Police confirm 15 killed in Taraba violence

Residents and witnesses insist that over 50 persons died.

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The Taraba Police Command on Monday said 15 people were killed in Sunday’s communal clash in Wukari and Ibi towns.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Joseph Kwaji, said this in an interview on Monday in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

Residents and witnesses of the communal clash, however, say over 50 people died in the clash.

The conflicting figures presented by the police and residents of Wukari and Ibi towns is not unusual as security officials and witnesses of conflict almost always present varying figures.

Critics and security analysts say the presentation of lower casualty figures by authorities and officials is in a bid to downplay the severity of conflicts

The Taraba State PRO said that 11 persons were killed in Ibi while four others lost their lives in Wukari.

Mr. Kwaji said that many people were injured and several houses burnt in the crises which started in Wukari and spilled over to Ibi.

He said that normalcy had returned to the affected areas following the deployment of security personnel led by the AIG Zone 3, Mohammed Abubakar, and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Kalafite Adeyemi.

Mr. Kwaji also warned the people to desist from spreading what he described as exaggerated casualty figures, saying that anyone caught would face the wrath of the law.

He urged the residents of the affected areas to imbibe the spirit of tolerance and forgiveness for peace and sustainable development of the state.

Scores of people have been killed in similar violent incidents in Wukari in the past one year.

(NAN)


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